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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 29, 2006 11:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Whipping Post 1/29/71

Not to be harsh or specific, but i have been listening to the Allman Brothers 1/29/71 performance as streamed on Wolfgang's Vault (is this a treasure trove or what?), and in particular that show's version of _Whipping Post_. If there is anyone out there who can listen to this version of the song and not be utterly blown away, not be taken to that point where all is weeping and beautiful and so perfectly sublime, well, i guess you got no soul or feeling in your body. Listen from 8'32 to the end and be reborn, or really the entire piece. Jesus fucking wept people.|7096

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 30, 2006 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whipping Post 1/29/71

As you say, it can't be done. That is one of my top 5 favorite songs by anyone, and when done like this version, it will wrap itself around you and make you feel what it is to have your heart shattered.
On a related note, a couple of years ago my daughter was watching American Idol and I sat down with her at her request to see this twisted parade of the American Dream. Well, it was the initial audition phase, and they featured mostly horrendously untalented folks making fools of themselves (not staged? B.S.). Anyway, in the midst of this mediocrity, up comes the stringy haired, bearded Bo Bice, looking like a brunette Gregg Allman (that was literally my first impression before he opened his mouth). This dude then opens his mouth and proceeds to whip out an accapela version of Whipping Post. Blew me away. Not so much for the guy's ability (which was pretty damn good), but the song choice. Everyone else I saw that night had done safe pop standards, but this guy goes against the grain and pulls out the ultimate southern blues/rock angst anthem. I'm afraid I was then obligated to follow this guy's journey through that show, stunned that he made it all the way to second place. The ultimate stunner came when, near the end of the competition, he again surprises the hell out of everyone by choosing to do an acapella version of Badland's In A Dream. Great song and, coincidentally, Badland's bass player had just hooked up with my older brother in his band here in Phoenix. I was on the phone to him immediately and he was stunned to say the least. Good to say that I can still be surprised and find some quality on commercial TV occaisionally.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 30, 2006 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whipping Post 1/29/71

Several years ago I read an interview with Gregg that touched on the infamous Fillmore East run that resulted in the album. Apparently the band didn't take the stage until around midnite and when they finished, Gregg said that there was dead silence in the audience. He was wondering whether they actually sucked so bad that no one applauded or cheered. A moment later someone opened a fire exit on the side of the building and daylight came streaming was almost 8:30 in the morning! Those that remained were in a state of shock, absolutely drained from the performance. Jesus wept indeed.

In Uncle Bobo's autobiography, he mentions that he didn't quite know what he was getting into when he booked the ABB. They arrived at the Fillmore, all barefoot, piling out of a beat up van filled to the roof with their stage equipment. Any doubts he had about their ability to play were soon erased after they took the stage.